Spring may be here, but winter is coming

Illustration by Tyler Hammar

The story of powerful houses, mythical creatures, good and evil, deception and honor has captivated audiences for many years. The dynamic story of “Game of Thrones” has left audiences with a reminder that winter is finally here.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” “Game of Thrones” has been airing ever since its first episode in 2011. Although it is only available to those with HBO, “Game of Thrones” is continually watched by many people. HBO aired the first episode of the eighth and final season April 14. According to CBS News, 17.4 million people tuned in to view it. Since the show has been around for eight years many people, including NAU students, have had the chance to watch it.

Some NAU students have different opinions on the show based on the way it was filmed, how the script is written, the casting of the actors and the production of the show itself.

Freshman Sophie Noto said she likes the series because of how it was produced and how the writers make story decisions to keep the audience engaged. Noto said if she could change one thing about the show, she would like to see less blood and gore in some of the scenes.

“Overall I think the producers of ‘Game of Thrones’ did an amazing job with keeping the audience invested,” Noto said. “I like it because it is not like every other television series and the characters are very likable. I also think the characters are displayed in very interesting ways.”

Another aspect of “Game of Thrones” that may keep viewers invested in the show is the way it is filmed. Although the show contains mythical characters such as giants, dragons and evil ice creatures called White Walkers, a majority of the show is filmed on location. According to livescience.com, most of the scenes are filmed in real places across Europe and Iceland.

Senior film major Jakob Dybdahl said he really enjoys how it is filmed and how the show makes the scenes feel real. He said the choices of characters makes the series more authentic.

“I really like the cinematography because it puts you into this fantasy land and makes it feel completely real,” Dybdahl said. “I also think the casting is excellent because they have a lot of experienced actors on the show and they are mostly from the United Kingdom, which evokes the lore of the series.”

Dybdahl also said that the show doesn’t use too much or too little computer-generated imagery (CGI) in scenes, which makes for a good balance within the show.

“I think they use just the right amount of CGI,” Dybdahl said. “It’s not too much to the point that it is overwhelming or jarring. They also use it where you would expect it, like with the dragons or White Walkers. I think it works well because characters like the White Walkers wouldn’t look good without CGI.”

In addition to the way “Game of Thrones” is filmed and produced, some people focus on its relation to the real world. Even though “Game of Thrones” is not historically accurate, this may be a factor that draws audiences’ attention. Freshman Amelia Weatherly said that while the show is not exactly historically accurate, it has benefits to the viewers who watch the show. She also said it helps audiences stay invested.

“I think the lack of historical accuracy actually helps viewers remain engaged in the show, as it acts as an escape into a world more messed up than our own,” Weatherly said. “I don’t know if it is possible to make the show historically accurate in any sense, seeing as its entire premise is so far beyond the realm of believability.”

Even though “Game of Thrones” will come to an end this summer, it has continually kept viewers and fans of the show coming back for more season after season to see what happens next.